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Africa rising: China, Obama and Pope Francis

Odomaro Mubangizi

2015-08-06, Issue 738

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China's huge infrastructural investments in Africa, the frenzied welcome for Obama to East Africa and the planned visit by Pope Francis to Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic in November are further evidence of Africa rising.

Gen. Karake's arrest: Another crack in the Kagame regime

Claude Gatebuke and Kambale Musavuli

2015-08-06, Issue 738

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The tide is beginning to turn toward justice. Despite receiving enormous political, diplomatic and economic support from Western governments, Kagame and his Rwandan Patriotic Front-led government have been subjected to increasing scrutiny and pressure for past and current crimes committed on the African continent.

Xenophobia and fear drive the West’s debate on refugees

Yohannes Woldemariam

2015-08-06, Issue 738

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As of 2014, 86% of the world’s refugees were hosted in developing countries. Despite the existence of clear international refugee law, and plenty of humanitarian posturing, there is in fact growing hostility to refugees in Western countries. The affluent nations owe refugees more than a moral responsibility.

An open letter to NBA players who toured Occupied Palestine

Ahjamu Umi

2015-08-05, Issue 738

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Can you imagine a bunch of white players going to South Africa in the 1980s and partying it up, sending out tweets about how wonderful it is, and basically sending the message that the oppression of Black people in Azania doesn't matter? That it's not important? That's the message the players sent out by participating in the sham trip with zionists.

Glebelands: The war in our backyard

Vanessa Burger

2015-08-06, Issue 738

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More than 30 poor South African hostel dwellers have been murdered by thugs in recent months, in collusion with the police or without police doing anything to stop the killings and bring the perpetrators to justice. This is one of the clearest indications of the failed South African state.

Ministry to gays: A question of ethics

Harry Rix

2015-08-03, Issue 738

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Does the Bible actually condemn homosexuality, as widely believed? How should Christians treat their gay brothers and sisters? What should be the correct teaching about this controversial issue? In this three-part article, a church minister who has considered this matter extensively attempts to answer these and related questions.

Re-imagining Zimbabwe, seated under the shade of a toxic tree

Lennon Chido Mhishi

2015-08-06, Issue 738

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35 years after the union jack came down at Rufaro Stadium, a generation of young Zimbabweans are asking questions about, and forging their own, narratives and are re-imagining Zimbabwe. Who re-imagines Zimbabwe, for whom and for what, are going to be important questions as the country struggles to emerge from crisis.

Have Germans finally acknowledged the Namibian genocide?

Kwame Opoku

2015-08-06, Issue 738

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Recent statements from politicians and government officials give the impression that Germany is preparing to abandon the long-standing practice of denying responsibility for the genocide of 1904-1908 and is now prepared to characterize those wars of extermination as genocide. But has the German government adopted fully a new position?

The jury is out for African business schools

In search of a new Lodestar to guide business education

Paresh Soni, Nadeem Cassim, Guillermina Ritacco and Xolelwa Linganiso

2015-08-06, Issue 738

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As the world order is shifting towards multipolarity and the global economy is changing, Business School education needs a new mindset. The old elitism not only contributed to the global financial crisis but is overall Eurocentric and outdated as it ignores reailies and approaches of emerging nations.

Financing for (under)development in Africa?

How the West underdeveloped Africa and is now trying to “finance develop” it

Alemayehu G. Mariam

2015-07-29, Issue 737

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The cause of Africa’s underdevelopment is well known: Imperialism. Yet heads of state, ministers and representatives have been strutting on the world stage promising to beat the old horse of poverty to death in Africa. Loaners and donors get on their high horses and with great fanfare issue the same old empty promises, sweep up their old broken promises under the rug and recycle the same old pledges about sustainable development and the rest of their meaningless litany.

The ‘New Brazil’ of Africa

How development institutions are financing land grabs in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Zahra Moloo

2015-07-30, Issue 737

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In this interview, Devlin Kuyek, Senior Researcher at GRAIN, talks about a report that reveals how a Canadian agribusiness company, Feronia, financed by American and European development institutions, is involved in land grabbing, corrupt practices and human rights violations in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Obama in Ethiopia: A presidential visit in context

Seifudein Adem

2015-07-30, Issue 737

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In order to understand the broader significance of President Barack Obama’s July 2015 visit to Ethiopia more fully, we must put it in a historical perspective, argues Professor Seifudein Adem, associate director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies at Binghamton University, United States. Tracing back the history of Ethio-American relationship is one step in that direction.

Obama’s triumphant return to Kenya as president

John Githongo

2015-07-30, Issue 737

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US foreign policy vis-à-vis Africa has always been transactional. The bottom line is that the value of Africa for the United States is essentially how to mitigate global terrorism and other issues like AIDS and Ebola that could harm US national security.

Behind the Obama visit to East Africa

United States imperialist policy a source for instability throughout the region

Abayomi Azikiwe

2015-07-29, Issue 737

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In Kenya, Obama pledged over a billion dollars in investments from the U.S. government along with U.S.-based businesses. Half of the investments will go to women and young people to promote entrepreneurship. Yet U.S. policy in Eastern Africa has been militaristic along with extraction of minerals, exploiting labor and agricultural commodities.

Rwanda and Burundi: Who’s ‘promoting instability through violence’?

Ann Garrison

2015-07-29, Issue 737

Burundi has received far greater vilification from the West compared to Rwanda which has supported rebels in neighbouring countries and whose government is accused of widespread assassinations and forced disappearances targeting the opposition and the media. Burundi appears to provide perfect cover for the odious Kigali regime and its backers abroad.

Joseph Kabila forever

The dangers of an extended presidency in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Ken Roth and Ida Sawyer

2015-07-29, Issue 737

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Joseph Kabila, the president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, faces a historic choice: Does he step down when his constitutionally limited two terms in office come to an end in December 2016, or does he succumb to the delusion of indispensability that is making the rounds in parts of Africa and try to cling to power?

The Venerable Julius Nyerere of Butiama, teacher and leader

Mary Serumaga

2015-07-30, Issue 737

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The rare display of groundedness and humility by a sitting African head of state was enough to catapult Nyerere on to the path to canonization. His daring socialist experiment and the decision to leave office at the end of his term, something that remains difficult for African presidents, are significant highlights of his pro-people politics.

Mozambique’s 40 years of independence: Past and present challenges

Fredson Guilengue

2015-07-28, Issue 737

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In 40 years of self-rule Mozambique has undergone drastic political and economic changes, from a socialist one-party state and to a neoliberal democracy. The people of Mozambique have been plunged into – and survived – a civil war, political crisis and now the neoliberal appropriation with high economic growth but persistent poverty.

Why I support the BDS movement against Israel

Chris Hedges

2015-07-29, Issue 737

The fight for the Palestinians is our fight. If the Palestinians are not liberated none of us will be liberated. We cannot pick and choose which of the oppressed are convenient or inconvenient to defend. We will stand with all of the oppressed or none of the oppressed.

Is Obama keen on relations with barons of Kenya or with the people?

Horace G. Campbell

2015-07-24, Issue 736

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While there is real joy that Obama is visiting Kenya, this moment should provide another platform for progressives to push for the demilitarization of the relations with Africa. This calls for the dismantling of the US Africa Command, the withdrawal of the Special Forces from Somalia and the end of drone strikes.

My private letter to President Obama

Alemayehu G. Mariam

2015-07-21, Issue 736

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Thousands of political prisoners, journalists, activists and other citizens languish in Ethiopia's official and secret dungeons. The violently repressive regime has thrown a pall of paralyzing fear over the entire nation. Will President Obama ignore this crying shame when Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn hosts him next week? Will he continue with his policy of parroting high ideals but embracing ruthless and corrupt African strongmen?

Letter from an Ethiopian-American son to President Obama

Obok Okello Akway

2015-07-21, Issue 736

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Next week, President Obama will visit US client state Ethiopia, ruled by a despotic regime that locks up anyone who dares to speak out against its mass atrocities. Mr. Okello Akway Ochalla, the former governor of Gambella, is one such. His son now appeals to Obama to secure Ochalla’s release from jail.

An open letter to Obama: A historic opportunity to denounce international racism

Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.

2015-07-22, Issue 736

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Africans have heard plenty from world leaders about the lack of democratic institutions and the human rights abuse in their continent. It is time that the world talks about the absence of democratic principles in the international economic and political order and the prevalence of rampant international racism.

Paul Kagame crowned life-president

The dangerous act of Rwanda’s Parliament

Theogene Rudasingwa

2015-07-21, Issue 736

With the decision by parliament to remove constitutional term limits to allow Kagame to rule for life, Rwanda has now entered a dangerous period of escalation. Anger, frustration, miscalculation, another wrong decision or unforeseen event could easily trigger another round of devastation.

The real danger: Letter to President José Eduardo dos Santos

Rafael Marques de Morais

2015-07-22, Issue 736

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José Eduardo dos Santos - who shares with Equatorial Guinea's Teodoro Obiang Nguema the infamy of being Africa's longest-ruling president - is becoming increasingly tyrannical as his regime faces growing popular resistance. In this open letter, Angolan ward-winning investigative journalist and human rights activist speaks out his mind about the political situation in the oil-rich southern African nation.

Saying Europe, meaning Eurafrica

Marco Zoppi

2015-07-22, Issue 736

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The current relationship between Africa and Europe may seem to have moved past colonialism, but a dynamic of economic subordination of the first to the second persists. The vision of Eurafrica, in fact, is built on the legacy of colonialism and positions Africans as the eternal Other.

The clampdown on resourcing: Comparing civil society and business

Maina Kiai and Maria Leissner

2015-07-21, Issue 736

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Governments around the world are increasing their hostility towards civil society organisations, but at the same time enacting laws and policies that promote business investment. While CSO and profit-driven groups operate differently, and should be treated as such, they play important political and economic roles. Both need government support.

Financing for development: A Pan-African perspective

Odomaro Mubangizi

2015-07-22, Issue 736

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This year is the deadline for MDGs, and the global community is set to come up with new set of development goals SGs in September at UN summit in New York. The Addis Ababa 3rd International Conference on Finance for Development held last week laid a foundation for further conversation on how to end extreme poverty and pursue the other post-MDG goals.

60 years: How the "Freedom Charter" betrayed Africans

Motsoko Pheko

2015-07-22, Issue 736

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South Africa’s ruling party has recently celebrated the 60th anniversary of the Freedom Charter. That document, conceived by white colonialists, legitimised the white robbery of African land. Liberation icon Mangaliso Robert Sobukwe was spot-on when he described it as “a colossal fraud ever perpetrated upon the oppressed, exploited and degraded people.” That is the Charter's legacy.

Sharks or crocodiles: How to get rid of an activist in Angola

Rafael Marques de Morais

2015-07-14, Issue 735

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Angolan political activists exercising their constitutional right to peaceful protest face illegal arrest, torture and assassination in the hands of the security forces. The justice system has also been compromised to protect the government of President Jose Eduardo dos Santos.

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